Vasilios Mathews, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon located in Houston, TX
Artificial hip implants work well to improve hip joints damaged by injury or arthritis. However, they don’t last forever. In fact, the typical lifespan of an artificial hip joint is between 10-15 years. If your artificial hip is causing problems, it may be time for a revision hip replacement. Call or make an appointment online today with Orthopedic Surgeon & Knee and Hip Replacement Specialist, Dr. Vasilios Mathews in Houston, Texas.
Revision Hip Replacement Q & A
What is revision hip replacement?
Dr. Mathews performs revision hip replacement to remove some or all of your original replacement hip and restores it with new materials. Revision hip replacement is a longer, more complicated procedure than initial hip replacement surgery. This surgery requires extensive planning, along with the use of specialized implants and tools.
Dr. Mathews has performed thousands of revision hip replacements. Sometimes, Dr. Mathews only replaces some components of your original prosthesis. In other cases, Dr. Mathews restores the entire implant. Sometimes, this operation also includes replacing the bone around your hip with either metal pieces that substitute for missing bone or a bone graft.
Revision hip replacement is more difficult because it often includes damage to the bone and soft tissue around your hip. Therefore, Dr. Mathews must use specialized implants designed to compensate for the deterioration.
What conditions does revision hip replacement treat?
The most common reason that Dr. Mathews performs revision hip replacement is when your artificial hip implant no longer stays securely attached to the bone. This causes pain and often results from failure, recall, or infection of the original hip prosthesis. Through the use of hip revision replacement, Dr. Mathews repairs your hip and restores typical functionality.
Natural wear and tear of a prosthesis doesn’t usually cause pain or discomfort. Therefore, it’s essential to have your hip replacement checked regularly. Dr. Mathews performs a simple physical examination and reviews your X-rays, looking for excessive wear and bone loss to determine if and when you need revision hip replacement.
Why should you have revision hip replacement?
Relief from pain, along with improved mobility, strength, and coordination are the most significant benefits of revision hip replacement. Avoidance of severe bone loss of the pelvis and femur are also crucial reasons to intervene with a revision. Revision hip replacement enables many patients to return to normal activities pain-free.
Dr. Mathews offers extensive experience in handling failed hip replacements, as he understands how and why these surgeries are sometimes unsuccessful. Moreover, Dr. Mathews also has considerable knowledge of all manufacturers and components of hip replacements, as well as limb and joint salvage.
If you’re suffering from a failed hip replacement, call or make an appointment online today with Orthopedic Surgeon & Knee and Hip Replacement Specialist, Dr. Vasilios Mathews in Houston, Texas before a major problem develops.